Monday, December 10, 2018

Lycoming Men's Soccer - Solecki named to United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East Region team

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After becoming the first Lycoming College men’s soccer player to earn Academic All-American honors, senior goalkeeper Chris Solecki (Hainesport, N.J./Lenape) added another honor on Monday, Dec. 10, as he was named a Second Team United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East Region selection, the organization announced.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career, start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team as well as be a junior or above in academic standing.

Solecki, a biology: anatomy and physiology major, is the ninth Warrior to be named to the All-East Region Scholar team and first since Ethan Wilston and Trevor Bishop earned honorable mention in 2014. He is the first Warrior to earn higher than all-region status.

As a senior, Solecki earned the first Google Cloud Academic All-American honor in program history and became the first Warrior to repeat as Academic All-District. He earned his second all-conference selection, being named to the MAC Commonwealth’s first team and he also earned Third Team United Soccer Coaches All-Mid-Atlantic Region accolades.

Solecki set single-season program records for wins (19) and goals-against average (0.52) in 2017.  He holds the school's record for career goals-against average (0.66) and he is tied for second in wins (36) and shutouts (20.1). He helped his graduating class win 61 games, tying the 2017 class for the most in program history.

The Warriors finished 15-4-2 overall and 6-2 in the MAC Commonwealth under sixth-year coach Nate Gibboney, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time in program history. The Warriors also recorded a school-record sixth-straight winning season.

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